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Respiratory Care

Health Science career cluster

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (66 semester credit hours)
  • Full program is offered at: Trinity River Campus East

Program Options


2018 Information Session

Attending an information session is an application requirement. You do not have to reserve a place, but seating is limited to the first 100 people.


  • Date: April 4
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 5 p.m.
  • Place: Trinity River Campus East (map)
  • Room: TRHA 1050 (first floor)


Cal Quigley

Cassie Ardry

Role of the Respiratory Therapist

Watch Life and Breath, (link will open in a new window) a video from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), to learn about areas of practice in respiratory care.

Under supervision of a physician, the therapist:

  • Administers therapy
  • Performs diagnostic tests, pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education
  • Assures proper functioning of therapy equipment
  • Plays a major role in the treatment of critically ill patients

Our Mission

To prepare graduates to be successful, confident and competent professional therapists who provide excellent patient care.

Program Data

3-year time period being reported: January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2016

  • 92.6%: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credentialing success
  • 87%: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialing success
  • 12.9%: Attrition
  • 81.5%: Job placement
  • 70: Total number of program enrollees during that period
  • 54: Total number of program graduates during that period

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Outcomes Data by Program


We are a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)-Accredited Respiratory Care Program.

  • Category: RRT-level program
  • Accreditation Status: Continuing Accreditation
  • Degree: Associate of Applied Science 



Program Director

John Hiser, M.Ed., RRT, FAARC

Trinity River Campus

Cal Quigley, Career and Technical Education Academic Advisor
TRCF 2101A

Cassie Ardry, Career and Technical Education Academic Advisor
TRCF 2101A

Updated February 08, 2018